Rare conditions can catch doctors by surprise, but a repeated pattern in a patient deserves greater scrutiny than what a patient from Australia experienced. Yahoo News reports.
A mother gave birth to five premature children before doctors discovered that she was born with two uteruses. She learned this after gave birth prematurely at 16 weeks to her fifth child. The child died, but the mother became pregnant again soon after
They turned to Dr. Renuka Sekar for help to avoid losing another baby. The mother knew that she had a condition called cervical insufficiency, which can cause premature birth. But extensive testing found a shocking surprise. The mother had two uteruses with a septum between them.
This is extremely rare and it is known that this condition can cause a miscarriage and premature labor. What shocked the 23-year-old mother is that this condition wasn’t discovered in 11 pregnancies.
The mother has put her faith in Dr. Sekar, but given her medical history, she still has fears and guilt over her previous pregnancies.
Can a doctor be considered incompetent if they fail to discover a rare condition like this? The answer depends on the circumstances. One would think though that having a regular history of premature births demands closer inspection.